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  • Japan's new foreign minister tackles North Korea issue on int'l debut

    MANILA (Kyodo) -- Japan's new Foreign Minister Taro Kono agreed Sunday with his regional counterparts to put more pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile ambitions as he made his international debut in Manila.After arriving in the

    August 6, 2017 10:37 pm JST
  • Beijing counsels caution to North Korea, endorses tough UN sanctions

    MANILA -- China on Sunday counselled its belligerent ally North Korea to cease long-range missile launches and nuclear testing after endorsing a United Nations' resolution for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang the previous day.Foreign Minister Wang Yi

    August 6, 2017 09:01 pm JST
  • Established world order under threat as authoritarianism creeps in

    TOKYO -- Human relationships tend to be either friendships bound by a common values, or calculated and driven by practical benefits. One might be stronger than the other, but both are necessary. The same goes for country-to-country relations.As the

    August 6, 2017 07:47 pm JST
  • Manila's central bankers thread needle between growth, inflation

    MANILA -- Amando Tetangco completed two terms as the Philippines' top central banker. He served three presidents. And he navigated myriad challenges and crises with aplomb.Now, his successor is tasked with picking up where he left off. In his years

    August 6, 2017 05:06 pm JST
  • China's foreign minister says maritime code negotiations with ASEAN to start this year

    MANILA (Reuters) -- China's foreign minister said on Sunday negotiations between Southeast Asian countries and China on a code of conduct for the South China Sea would start this year, and whatever agreement is made must be adhered to.Wang Yi told r

    August 6, 2017 05:05 pm JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: Michael Vatikiotis

    For ASEAN, collective security is key to future

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations was initially forged as a mechanism for managing collective security and so it is fitting that after a half century of existence, the organization should be judged on how successful it has managed the regio

    August 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Vietnam defies China's maritime aggression

    MANILA -- Vietnam has emerged as Southeast Asia's loudest voice in resisting China's expansionist moves in the South China Sea.At a meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that began here on Saturday, the Vietnam

    August 6, 2017 03:02 am JST
  • ASEAN firmly condemns North Korean missile tests

    MANILA -- Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged North Korea on Saturday to desist from raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula after the isolated communist nation successfully tested two long-range missiles l

    August 5, 2017 07:44 pm JST
  • Metro Pacific sees 2017 profit growing 10%

    MANILA -- Metro Pacific Investments expects core earnings, which exclude one-off gains and losses, to rise 9.9% to 13.3 billion pesos ($265 million) in 2017. The big Philippine infrastructure company announced the profit guidance after first-half fi

    August 4, 2017 08:21 pm JST
  • ASEAN Regional Forum

    Foreign ministers tackle North Korea in Manila ASEAN talks

    MANILA -- The issue of North Korea's nuclear ambitions, which have increasingly alarmed its regional neighbors with its frequent missile tests, will be front and center at high-level meetings taking place in the Philippine capital in the next few da

    August 4, 2017 07:43 pm JST
  • Lazada hastens expansion of Alibaba's Taobao in Southeast Asia

    HONG KONG -- E-commerce in Southeast Asia is becoming a heated battleground, with the latest to join the competition. China's Alibaba Group Holding has invested $2 billion for a controlling stake in e-tailer Lazada, which operates in Indo

    August 4, 2017 01:55 pm JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: Thitinan Pongsudhirak

    To survive another 50 years, ASEAN must learn from its past

    As it celebrates its golden jubilee, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has come full circle. The daunting challenges it faced half a century ago are as durable as Southeast Asia's regional organization has been resilient.Notwithstanding occ

    August 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN shows little sign of closing ranks on North Korea

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Troubled as they are by North Korea's missile development, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have hesitated to take joint action to dial up the pressure further.ASEAN foreign ministers are expected to express "gra

    August 4, 2017 02:35 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 index falls as South Korean stocks drop on tax proposals

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan declined Thursday, led by South Korean shares following a proposed increase in taxes on large corporations.The Nikkei Asia 300 index lost 0.6% at 1,292.47.Nikkei's index for South Korea fel

    August 3, 2017 09:01 pm JST
  • AMRO trying to prove itself as Asia's answer to the IMF

    BANGKOK -- AMRO, an agency established by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Japan, China and South Korea to monitor economies in Asia, is working to prove itself as an international research institution.The agency, whose name is short for

    August 3, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Amazon and Alibaba square off in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK -- Shoppers in Southeast Asia have long been wondering when will start offering its e-commerce services in their region.Local and regional e-tailers have been wondering the same thing. Taking the U.S. giant's eventual arrival as a

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • SM Investments is gearing up for Duterte's infrastructure drive

    We talked with executives from some of Asia's most influential companies on the sidelines of the second Nikkei Asia300 Global Business Forum, held in Bangkok on July 14. This week we wrap up our series of interviews with a look at emerging opportuni

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Amazon and Alibaba square off in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK Shoppers in Southeast Asia have long been wondering when will start offering its e-commerce services in their region.Local and regional e-tailers have been wondering the same thing. Taking the U.S. giant's eventual arrival as a gi

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Duterte threatens to impose minerals export ban

    MANILA President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has said he is considering a ban on mineral exports to promote development of related downstream industries, rattling investors anew.At the opening of the 17th Congress on July 24, Duterte said tha

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Soccer balls become a tool in the Philippines' battle against Islamists

    KUALA LUMPUR As a member of the Philippine national soccer team, Simon Greatwich has played all over Asia, but perhaps his toughest away trip came in April.It involved an eight-hour boat journey to Sulu, an island in the far southwest of the Philipp

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST